Vintage Mooney Group: About
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Who we are

We're simply a group of Pre-201 vintage Mooney owners and enthusiasts that share a devoted passion for the most incredible aircraft of its class and category. We strongly believe that the vintage M20 Mooneys are the most incredible four-place aircraft ever manufactured. When you compare speed to economy, nothing beats the early Mooney designs! Even Mooney's later designs can't give you more bang for the buck!

Why we exist

To share in the comradeship of our fellow Mooney owners. To network amongst other vintage Mooney owners. To discuss upgrades, speed mods, parts sources, AD's & SB's, as well as service centers and FBO's to maintain such fine machines.  Our main objective is to have fun and give yet another reason to fly to somewhere with others who share your love of Mooneys and flying.

Our Objective

To stage regular fly-ins at interesting locations. Our fly-in locations are determined by the Vintage Mooney Group Team Leaders. The best fly-ins are proposed and hosted by our members.  The strength of our group is the high level of participation by members.  Our fly-ins typically average 25 planes and 50 people. Due to the frequency of our fly-ins, the Team Leaders will not provide entertainment outside of the actual fly-in itself. We will however post links to such activities on this web site. Please understand that the Team Leaders' primary objective is to coordinate these fly-ins with Airport Administration, FBO's and Restaurants. Ultimately however, outside activities and entertainment will be at your own discretion.

Your Membership

Is absolutely free! There are no fees or dues required. If you would like to join us, simply show up at one of our upcoming fly-ins. Those of us supporting this group and coordinating our fly-ins, as well as building and maintaining this website, are doing so on a strictly voluntary basis. We're not asking for any membership fees or cash donations from anyone. We do however need to raise moderate funds. We're currently doing so by offering Vintage Mooney Group shirts and hats at our fly-ins. We will also hold various fund raising raffles on occasion, and anything else that comes to mind. Therefore if you would like to contribute financially to the group, you can do so by simply purchasing any of the VMG merchandise.

Our Motto

Keep it Cheap and Simple! Our group consists of people from all walks of life. Some young, some elder, some employed, some retired, some logged under 200 hours and some in excess of 2000 hours. We therefore want to accommodate everybody. We feel that by keeping things cheap and simple, we will also keep our membership and attendance high. On The Cheap: If you can keep fuel and oil in your plane, and spare $10 to $20 for your lunch, you're good to go! On The Simple: If you can safely fly into your home base airport, there is no reason you shouldn't be able to fly into one of our selected fly-in airports. We plan to select airports of low-traffic, basic airspace, to easily accommodate pilots of all skill levels.

Who's Welcome

Although at this point, mostly Mooney owners have attended our functions (both pre and post 201's), we want to make it clear that EVERYBODY is welcome! If your friend flies a Piper or Cessna, or any other drag-induced speed-brake of an airplane, they are welcome as well. They just might have to start their journey a day sooner than the rest of us.

Our VMG South Central Team Leaders

The leaders of the VMG South East are Nick Carlo and William Tomlinson
Nick has been flying since about 1995 and is a commercial rated pilot based in North Florida and owner of Fast Flight Options LLC (www.FASTFLIGHTOPTIONS.com). He's the the previous owner of a Mooney M20J and currently owns a Mooney M20K.  Some of his very favorite Mooney trips involve flying down to Key West or the Bahamas.  When time permits he hopes to work on his CFI ratings utilizing his Mooney.
 
William has also been flying since 1995, and is a  CFI-SE, CFI-ME, and CFI-IA. His roughly 1,700 hours come from a lot of Mooney, C172, C182 (including G1000), and multi-engine flying. Since December 2007, he has owned a C model Mooney which he's flown across this great country twice. He and his wife fly pet rescue transports for Pilots-n-Paws (http://pilotsnpaws.org), to support their passion for saving animals in need. William would like you all to consider becoming a transport pilot, getting a tax deduction, flying your planes, and saving a pet in the process. If you are interested in PnP, please contact him and he will be happy to help out.


Updated January 13, 2010